Working together to make space for
Cheetah and African Wild Dogs
Of all the large carnivores of Africa, Cheetahs and African
Wild Dogs need the most space. In recognition of this, the
Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African...
The Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs was initiated in 2007. It was conceived by Dr. Sarah Durant and Prof. Rosie Woodroffe, who realized that, because cheetah and African wild dogs range so widely, their survival required coordinated conservation action on a massive scale rarely seen in terrestrial conservation. The program depends on coordinated frameworks for conservation action, including, to date, three Regional Conservation Strategies and 17 National Conservation Action Plans, which encompass >90% of known cheetah range and >85% of known wild dog range. These conservation frameworks have three separate, but compatible, visions:
To secure viable cheetah and wild dog populations across a range of ecosystems, that successfully coexist with, and are valued by, the people of southern Africa.
Strategies & National Plans
Regional Conservation Strategies have been completed for three regions and National Action Plans developed for 14 countries. Click on the map to the right, or the links below to access the plans.
Strategies & Action Plans
Distribution of Cheetah & Wild Dog
With Thanks to…
The Range Wide Conservation Program is a joint initiative of the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society, endorsed by the IUCN Cat and Canid Specialist Groups and funded mainly by the Howard G Buffet Foundation, through the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative.
Many other organisations have supported or funded various aspects of the program.